Meta (the company formerly known as Facebook) has announced a new version of its Privacy Center, which it says you can use to learn how it collects and uses data, and how to navigate the myriad privacy options available. and navigate security controls. It states that the current version of the tool will have categories related to security, sharing, collection, data usage, and advertising. While it seems like a good tool to have around, it feels more like Meta puts the responsibility on users to make sure the apps work for them.
Meta says that this version of the Privacy Center (it’s had several things called privacy centers in the past) is currently available to “some people who use Facebook on desktop,” but that it “will bring it to more people and apps in the coming months.” unroll .” According to the blog post, there are five categories of guides and controls that allow you to manage your security settings, who your posts are shared with, how Meta collects and uses your information, and what your advertising profile and preferences are.
Having a centralized location for controls that might otherwise be scattered across a series of screens is definitely nice. That part of this project could be really helpful to users – when they access it – because Facebook’s privacy settings may not be intuitive to many.
Facebook’s emphasis on education (the word “learn” is used nine times in the press release and also phrases like “refresh”) places the responsibility for the systems it builds on the user. If the privacy or security settings aren’t what most users would want or expect, Meta can say, “Well, we’ve given you the tools to learn about them.” In addition, it is always possible that you do not like the information you find in the privacy center, but you can not do anything about it if there is no setting to change it.
According to Meta, if you have the new Privacy Center, you can access it from Settings > Privacy, but Meta says it will “add more ways to access places where you have privacy issues”. It also says it will continue to add more modules and controls to Privacy Center as needed – hopefully there won’t be a test to see how much you’ve kept.